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DogFest returns to Duboce Park on Saturday, April 16th from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This annual event is a celebration of dogs and kids benefitting McKinley Elementary School, a K-5 public school at Castro and 14th Streets. The festival offers something for dogs, kids, and parents of both breeds.

There are lots of great competitions for dogs and their human owners and celebrity judges will pick winners in eight categories: Best Costume, Best Tail, Best Trick, Best Coat, Best Mutt, Best Ears, and Best Lap Dog. Register your dog to be part of the contests at

There’s also the Openly Corrupt Best-In-Show category. Here’s how that works: the winners of each of the main categories (bark, trick, etc.) and anyone who wants to buy their way in for $50 will be entered in the final contest of the day, the Openly Corrupt Best-In-Show contest. The audience will then vote for their favorite dog by putting donations into different buckets for the different dogs. At the end, the dog with the most donations will be crowned Best-In-Show. It really is corrupt, but it’s all in good fun with the goal of raising the most money possible for the school.

The very entertaining Daniel Handler, best known for his work under the pen name Lemony Snicket, will once again be the Master of Ceremonies for the Dog Show. Supervisors Scott Wiener and London Breed, Chronicle columnist Leah Garchik, Eric Rasmussen from KTVU, Charly Kayle from KOIT, and (Three) Sister of Perpetual Indulgence are among the judges.

Cheer San Francisco will provide half-time entertainment and perform cutting-edge cheerleading routines.  Some of their volunteers are college age, but most range in age from the mid-20s to mid-40s and have jobs in variety of professions.

There’s also a raffle, a silent auction, a Chow Zone, a Rescue Zone, and a Kid Carnival featuring carnival games, bouncy houses, balloon animals, face painting, children’s activities, baked goods, cotton candy, popcorn, and snow cones. For more information, the schedule of events, or to register your dog for a contest, visit


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